Spot Woven Dishcloth

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Spot Weaving KAL: Shopping List

Spot woven knitting that mimics the look of beads

Spot Woven Stitch

Spot Woven Stitch

Our next Beyond BOBBOL Learn-and-Knit-A-Long is going way beyond lace and beads to try new things in another area. I call it “spot weaving” because the design looks like … well, spots of color (sort of like beads) against a background color.

Since the Spot Woven Stitch produces a dense, non-stretchy fabric, it is ideal for items like dishcloths, hot pads, placemats, rugs, pocketbooks, etc. I’ve even used it for hard-wearing, cushiony heels on socks. (stay tuned for the story on that!)

Spot Woven Dishcloth

I hope you will join in to knit along in September and learn about Spot Weaving.

To tempt you, I have designed the Spot Woven Dishcloth learning project. The instructions page will be available for free to all members.

Note: There will not be a pdf file to download for the Spot Woven Dishcloth free instructions, but you will need to be logged in with your member account to access the instructions page.

Spot Woven Dishcloth

Spot Woven Dishcloth

Special techniques used and described

  • woven stitch
  • troika method of using 3 different alternating ends of yarn

Shopping List

YARN – Worsted weight cotton yarn in 2 colors. For the yarn in the samples pictured, I used Lily Sugar ‘n Cream in Hot Orange for the background color and Hot Pink for the spot accent color. Check your stash for scraps or partial balls as you won’t need much for the dishcloth learning project. You’ll only need -

  • 25 yards of a main background color (M)
  • 15 yards of a spot accent color (A)
    Tip: Scraps of different colors for the accent “bead” colors would be fun, too!

KNITTING NEEDLES – Size US 8 (5 mm)

Pattern Availability

The Spot Woven Dishcloth pattern instructions will be free for everyone in the KAL. I’m planning to have the instructions ready for you on September 5th, the usual date to start our monthly KAL’s. There will not be a pdf download file for this, but you will need to be logged in with your member account to access the instructions page.

An Extra! KAL Bonus Pattern

Beaded Shamrocks Socks

Beaded Shamrocks Socks

Beaded Shamrocks Socks is the pattern where I used the spot woven stitch for the heel flap (flat knitting version) and toe band (circularly knitted version). The design motivation was to carry forward the look of beading beyond the sock cuff and upper leg. But of course, using beads in the heel or toe could be very uncomfortable if worn with shoes, lol.

As part of the September KAL, you can get the Beaded Shamrocks Socks pattern as a bonus at special discounts September 5 – 25. (Note: Premium members can get free Ravelry delivery of this pattern now!)

An Invitation to Join Us for KnitHeartStrings KAL’s

I hope you will join us to knit and learn along for Spot Weaving as part of the Beyond BOBBOL series. If you are not yet a member of KnitHeartStrings, you can Join Here. There is lots of good knitting still to come for 2014 Beyond BOBBOL!

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Step-by-Step Cable Without a Cable Needle

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Which do YOU want? August Prize Giveaways

I’ve got 2 prizes again to give away for August!

I am feeling generous (and thankful), as have so many of our KnitHeartStrings members been in their participation, sharing and support. I couldn’t keep KnitHeartStrings going without you.

Leave a comment below this post and let me know which kit you’d like to win. Then get your prize drawing entries in before the end of this month (info here). If you are drawn as a winner, I’ll give priority to your preferred prize.

Prize #1: Little Beaded Pumpkin Kit

This is a one-time offering only. For some lucky winner, I’ve lovingly strung all the beads needed so you are ready to start knitting! This is the project we did for last year’s September BOBBOL KAL. The tutorials are still available here at the KnitHeartStrings site if you need help.

Little Headed Pumpkin Kit

Little Headed Pumpkin Kit

Kit includes –

  • Orange size 10 crochet thread with beads already strung and ready to knit!
  • Green variegated size 10 crochet thread for stem.
  • Personally autographed, hard-copy pattern for #B12 Little Beaded Pumpkin.

Prize #2: Teddy Bear Kit

This is another of the Teddy Bear Kits like the one for last month’s giveaway. If you were hoping to win the kit and didn’t, you have another chance this month to enter and be the winner.

Teddy Bear Kit Contents

Teddy Bear Kit Contents

Kit includes –

  • Pattern for a Knitted Teddy Bear including technique instructions for
    - double knitting a tubular, 2-sided fabric on straight needles for the legs, body and arms
    - knitting in the round on double point needles (for beginning and ending the head)
    - short row knitting (for shaping the face)
  • 50g/170 yd skein of Lane Borgosesia sport weight yarn 83% wool/10% mohair/7% acrylic yarn. Enough to knit a soft and slightly “furry” teddy bear with the yarn doubled or 2 slightly smaller teddy bears with yarn used singly (along with appropriately sized needles as explained in the pattern).
  • All-natural 100% wool roving for stuffing your bear(s)
  • A baby bear birth certificate that you can fill out for gifting: name of bear, date, your name as knitter (i.e. the doctor who delivered baby, lol), and height/weight
  • Clear drawstring project bag

To Participate in the August Prize Giveaway

Remember to leave a comment to let me know which kit you’d like to win. Then get your entries in (info here). If you are drawn as a winner, I’ll give priority to your preferred prize. I hope one of the winners will be YOU – Good luck!

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It’s time! Lacy Maizy Corn On (oops, Cast On, lol) for August KAL

Nancy H. wrote: ” Just beautiful, as are all of the Jackie ES patterns! “

colorado-high-plains-corn-1024Did you know that corn is used to make yarn? While here in the high plains of Colorado, I love to see the corn fields. I don’t think this corn is destined to make yarn (this is basically cattle country and so the corn is used for feed), but it does make me think of yarn, lol.

So for the August KAL, I thought it would be fun to do a stitch pattern that resembles corn. If you can find yarn that is made from corn (or happen to have some on hand), all the better. But if not, that is ok — there are so many fibers available these days for summertime wearing, e.g. cotton, tencel, rayon.

Lacy Maizy August KAL

For August’s project KAL, Lacy Maizy features crisp outlines of cable stitches against a lace background. This scarf/wrap is named after the semblance of ears of corn in the stitch design as well as the corn fiber yarn in which I originally knitted the sample model shown here.

Lacy Maizy

Lacy Maizy

The cables are carried out to each edge of the wrap, preserving the overall flow of the curving lines. Normally I would not do fringe, but this one called for it – I sort of imagined that the long oval shapes that frame the lace eyelets are like ears of corn, and the fringe is like the corn silk of the tassel.

Special techniques used and described

  • lace patterning on every row
  • cabling with or without a cable needle
  • attaching fringe

I hope you’ll join in. Let’s get to knitting and have fun! Lacy Maizy August KAL

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Next Up KAL: Lacy Maizy

colorado-high-plains-corn-1024

Did you know that corn is used to make yarn? While here in the high plains of Colorado, I love to see the corn fields. I don’t think this corn is destined to make yarn (this is basically cattle country and so the corn is used for feed), but it does make me think of yarn, lol.

So for the August KAL, I thought it would be fun to do a stitch pattern that resembles corn. If you can find yarn that is made from corn (or happen to have some on hand), all the better. But if not, that is ok — there are so many fibers available these days for  summertime wearing, e.g. cotton, tencel, rayon.

Lacy Maizy August KAL

For August’s project KAL, the Lacy Maizy Wrap features crisp outlines of cable stitches against a lace background. This wrap is named after the semblance of ears of corn (a.k.a. maize) in the stitch design as well as the corn fiber yarn in which I originally knitted the sample model shown here.

Lacy Maizy

Lacy Maizy

The cables are carried out to each edge of the wrap, preserving the overall flow of the curving lines. Normally I would not do fringe on a scarf, but this one called for it – I sort of imagined that the long oval shapes that frame the lace eyelets are like ears of corn, and the fringe is like the corn silk of the tassel.

Special techniques used and described

  • lace patterning on every row
  • cabling with or without a cable needle
  • attaching fringe

Shopping List

Get ready to knit for August’s KAL. Go to the Next Up KAL page in the Knit-A-Longs area of the site where you can view the pattern cover page with materials and supplies you’ll need to knit Lacy Maizy.

Pattern Availability

Lacy Maizy pattern will be available for purchase at a special 50% off discount for Free Limited Content members from August 5 – 25 in the Knit-A-Longs area of the site. Note: Premium and Basic level members will be able to download the pattern for free as part of your paid subscription membership.

Note: Premium Level members have early access to the August KAL pattern beginning July 25th. Check the Premium Area for your coupon code to get Ravelry delivery (coupon expires August 31, 2014).

An Invitation to Join Us for KnitHeartStrings KAL’s

I hope you will join us to knit and learn along for Lacy Maizy Wrap as part of the Beyond BOBBOL series. If you are not yet a member of KnitHeartStrings, you can Join Here. There is lots of good knitting still to come at KnitHeartStrings.

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Lace-Like Non-Lace

I call the method used to make this stitch “cross looped”. It’s lace-like because of it’s openness, but not technically lace. I guess we will refer to it as non-lace lace.

How are you coming along on this month’s KAL for the Market Bag? Sorry I have been more quiet than usual — Been tied up with things to help John (my man-friend) through his eye surgeries. He is doing great now and we are seeing the light at the end of the tunnel, so to speak.

But anyway, back to the Market Bag KAL. I wanted to share some comments and technique pointers, whether you are knitting the bag now or might be later on.

Netting Similar to Filet Lace

Crossed Loop Market Bag

Crossed Loop Market Bag

As I explained earlier in the month, this is not technically lace. There are no yarn overs, yet it results in an openwork stitch that looks like it might be lace.

In fact, it rather resembles a netting similar to the filet lace we knit earlier this year for the I Heart Filet Lace scarf, don’t you think?

The double-height elongated twisted is the reason for this open look. It also contributes to vertical strength, which is obviously a good feature in a bag. SuzyStitches on Ravelry commented: “It appears to be a very strong bag, the crossed loop stitch looks much like chain link fence to me.”

Self-Joining Tubular Casing

The bag begins at the stop for the drawstring casing. You cast on double the amount of stitches that will eventually be used for the bag.

The technique of using alternating slipped-stitches in the pattern for making the tubular casing results in a 2-sided fabric.

The self-joining step avoids seaming, which instead is simply done with k2tog stitches all around.

Eyelet Openings in the Casing for the Drawstrings

On row 6 while doing the Tubular Casing, there is a somewhat complicated-looking set of instructions. Basically you are just making simple eyelets (i.e. yo, k2tog) through which the drawstring handles can later be threaded. But there are extra steps in between because of stitches that need to be slipped and exchanged positions to maintain the integrity of the 2-sided fabric. Just trust me and do what it says.

Closing the Bag Bottom with 3-Needle Bind Off

The bottom of the bag is secured with the sturdy 3-needle bind off technique. It’s a great technique to provide a sturdy join without sewing.

Drawstring Handles

The pattern includes instructions to make handles using the I-cord technique. In previous KAL’s we made a short length of I-cord as the stem in the Bits of Lace Oak Leaf and the stem of the Little Beaded Pumpkin. But for this bag, you have to knit a LOT of I-cord. If it gets too boring, you can always use some pre-made cords or heavy string, lol.

 Market Mesh Bag

 

 

 

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